Optoma HD142X Review Home Theater Projector

The new Optoma HD 142X is one of the most impressive projectors on the market. It provides an attractive image with good contrast and plenty of shadow details. You will also notice the natural flesh tones and all at a very good price.

Also, it can tolerate high ambient light and will maintain the contrast even in a sunlit room. You can double the light output as well if you are in moderate ambient light.

Besides its amazing picture and the affordable price, the manufacturer claims that the lamp will run 5000 hours with full power mode and sometimes even more, which means you won’t be spending so much time on replacing the lamps.

With all that being said, it is one of the most outstanding projectors so, let’s talk about it in more detail.

Optoma HD142X Full Review

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It’s considered an entry-level for work if there’s an HDMI source available and also, for your home theatre. It is small with a lightweight, and you can easily find a good spot for it.

Basic Specs:

  • Display Technology: DMD DLP
  • Lumens Spec: 3000
  • Native Resolution: 1080p
  • Screen Size: 27.88′ – 305.5′
  • Lens shift: No
  • Zoom: Manual (1.1x)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Contrast Ratio: 23,000:1
  • Lamp Life: 5000 hours in Normal mode
  • 3D compatibility: Yes
  • Replacement lamp cost: $170

Design

In comparison to HD141X, the design hasn’t changed much. It still has that boxy shape with a black color scheme and grated plastic on the front.

The look isn’t that attractive, but the one thing you will love about the design is that the size of the projector makes it easy to squeeze it in any place you want, unlike other large projectors that one struggles to fit them.

It’s is considered to be lightweight even if it is heavier than other projectors in the market, but some projectors are much heavier while you can easily mount it on the ceiling or back wall so we will give it some credit for that.

Performance

Brightness

The projector can provide brilliant colors at its maximum brightness. It is rated at 3000 ANSI lumens. It delivered the following ANSI brightness results with the zoom lens at its wide-angle:

ModeNormal LampEco Mode
Bright25722060
Vivid15301225
Game23651890
Cinema12651010
Reference985790

The brightness only held uniformity to 70%. However, the difference across the image is only noticeable when the bottom third of the scene is dark. Other than this, you will rarely notice it.

Eco Mode

The projector has multiple Eco lamp modes, just like any other projector. If you try the Normal Eco mode, it will produce the brightness in all the other modes by 20%.

Yet, the Dynamic Black mode varied the brightness according to the scenes being projected, and also, it has no effect on the fan while the Eco mode reduces the fan noise.

Audio

Unfortunately, the audio quality of the projector is not what you can call the best. It won’t be that bad if you use it in a small room or maybe a medium one.

However, at a certain point, when you need it to be the loudest, you will notice that it lacks clarity, and even though there was no buzz or any rattling, there was this muddiness that made the speech quality disappointing.

Still, this is pretty expected because projectors usually focus more on the visual output, and if you seek a better experience, you should connect them to external speakers.

Fan Noise

Generally speaking, the fan doesn’t make much noise, and it is fairly low in middle frequency. But, at high altitude settings, the noise substantially increases that it might be distracting for someone who is sitting near the projector.

Another thing that you will notice is that it becomes noisy when the room temperature of the room gets to the ’80s.

Zoom Lens

The lens position doesn’t affect the image brightness. It has a range of 1.1:1, and thus, it doesn’t offer much latitude on placing the projector, just the convenience of adjusting the image size to achieve a fit to the installed screen.

Input Lag

It has a typical input lag meter reading of 33 milliseconds. It is way faster than many of the high-performance home theatre projectors that are available now on the market.

Picture Quality

The overall video image is quite impressive. It is clear from side to side and top to bottom. The Cinema mode provides natural flesh tones. You might need to boost the contrast a little and maybe reduce the brightness as well.

Yet, the highlights and shadow retails will be well defined. Also, the black levels show a smooth transition with dark scenes and a small grey-scale difference that you can easily distinguish.

The 70% brightness uniformity makes the projector adequate for an entry-level home theatre. The only downside is that in slow panning with dark scenes, you will notice that the lower portions of the image are brighter than the other parts.

On the bright side, the 3D performance when it comes to the picture quality is a lot better than other projectors of the same price range. It is compatible with IR-based 3D glasses, and it can be connected to an RF emitter that eliminated the limitations of IR glasses.

We already mentioned the projector has five picture modes, namely, Bright, Vivid, Game, Cinema, Reference. With just a little adjustment, you can get a perfect image on all modes even though each has its particular brightness and color bias.

It is easy to adjust the modes, and the projector offers a variable range of image settings.

There is also an ISF setting for the picture mode that allows the projector to detect the best quality for the image by the technical standards.

Set-Up

The projector settings haven’t changed a lot from the previous HD141X. On the contrary, you will see that the brightness, contrast, and picture settings are still controlled from a single menu.

There are a manual zoom lever and a keystone that will allow you to fit the image on the screen in an old-fashioned way. We don’t think that this is a disadvantage because believe it or not, this saves a lot of hassle when it comes to the image distortion the new technology creates when setting up a projector.

The primary way is much easier and far more accurate. You can adjust each of the five modes independently. Within each mode, you will find an option to adjust brightness, contrast, tint, color temperature, saturation, and sharpness.

Installation

As mentioned above, the projector is small and light. One thing that you should keep into consideration is the lamp life of the projector. It is known that a projector generally loses 25% of its brightness after the first 500 hours of usage.

This is why we recommend you use the Eco mode on the very first day you get the projector. This will help you keep the same brightness for a longer duration.

What We Like:

  • Natural flesh tones
  • Well defined highlights and shadows
  • Good Contrast in ambient light
  • Excellent 3D performance
  • ISF setting in picture mode
  • Easy to install and set up
  • Affordable

What We Don’t Like

  • Design
  • DLP rainbow effect
  • Fan noise
  • No legacy inputs
  • Audio quality

Users’ Reviews on Amazon:

Most reviews were positive, and users are impressed with the quality of the image coming out of the projector, saying that they expected less at this price range. Also, a lot of users said they used the projector for gaming and had no issues with it whatsoever.

The only downsides that some customers faced are that after a couple of months of using the projector, it started to overheat, and the fan noise became loud. Some said that the overheating makes it turn off. Besides, some had issues with the remote but were able to replace it, and the projector worked just fine.

Final Verdict

Optoma HD142X is an entry-level projector and one of the affordable outdoor movie projector. You will get a satisfactory experience the minute you start using it. It’s a good value for your money, and you can use it for your home theater or at work as well. We hope you found this review helpful.

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